Flying Lessons: Flight Instruction in Concord, Ca (Buchanan Field)
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How long will it take, and how much will it cost?
It varies for each individual, but 60-70 hours of flight training is typical. For most, this training takes place over 4 to 6 months.

The cost is a combination of several factors:

  • Airplane Rental: This is the largest component. The planes I use for instruction range from $105 to $185 per hour (see Airplanes Page)
  • Instructor Time: The instruction rate is $50 per hour.
  • Miscellaneous: You will need an FAA medical exam ($80 - $125, depending on the doctor), FAA practical exam fee (about $400, depending on the examiner), FAA written test fee ($90), a headset and other materials (several hundred, depending on what you buy). I recommend on-line ground school for my students, using Sporty's Learn to Fly series.

    We all wish it was cheaper to fly, but that's the reality of it. If you are comparing other schools, be sure to check if they are assuming only 40 hours of flying - that is the FAA legal minimum, but highly unrealistic.

  • What do I need to start flying?
    You can begin training immediately, but in order to solo you will need to be at least 16 years old, and have an FAA medical and student pilot certificate. This can be obtained from one of dozens of designated physicians in the local area.

    To obtain your private pilot certificate, you must be at least 17 years of age, pass a written test and a practical test with an FAA designated examiner.

    How do I get Started? Drop me a note, and we can discuss your objectives, timeframe, etc., and take an introductory flight. From there, if you want to continue, we will put together a plan of action that will get you to your goal!